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About South Yorkshire Branch

The South Yorkshire branch of Early Education (formerly called the Sheffield branch) has been going strong since 2002 and has a large membership and a very committed committee. We have members coming to meetings from Rotherham, Leeds, Huddersfield, Derbyshire and further a-field. We are a lively, energetic group with a passion for making sure that what we do for our young children and their families is the best it can be.

We plan a yearly calendar of events, often with a linking theme. Meetings will respond to current events, thinking, change in early childhood as well as being a great opportunity to share good practice.  We have up to 6 meetings a year usually twilights but some on a Saturday morning.

Praise for South Yorkshire branch events:

It was another great conference for South Yorkshire Early Education on Saturday.
I thought Anne O'Connor was brilliant with her clear, sincere, thoughtful and thought provoking presentation. She gave us an insight into how the brain works to retain memory and shared many personal examples of the importance of tuning into a baby or child's needs to build trust and security.
Anne shared her wealth of knowledge and understanding about the importance of play, episodic stories, talk, songs and rhymes, movement, reconstructing and recalling and how these are necessary to build memory in children. She also really stressed the importance of 'anchor points' (ie meaningful experiences) to secure memory. 
I have held  in my head (and my heart!) this message that..."Unless something makes sense, it cannot find its way into the long term memory" as I have been working with the children this week.
I have her talk embedded in my long term memory now! 

Our plans for the year include:

To read our newslatter and for more information on what we are doing in the upcoming months, to the end of the year and into 2020, please download the Microsoft Office document icon EE Programme 2019.doc

Our past events include:

16th September 2015 - Fun with Songs and Rhymes for Maths - for Birth to Threes - Anni McTavish

17th October 2015 - Half Day Conference - Inspiring Young Mathematicians Through Play - Elaine Bennett

28th February 2016 - ‘Talk for Reading’ at Prince Edward Primary School - Amy Parker and Katie Hulme

21st May 2016 - Making Books! Exciting and easy ways to create books for all ages! with Anni McTavish

9th June 2016 - Teaching and play in the early years - a balancing act? with Lee Owston HMI Ofsted

1st October 2016 - Storying - a focus on children’s narrative explorations as a language of expression: Reflections Approach - with Martin Pace and Helen Moylett

17th November 2016 - Destiny is not decided at birth: working with disadvantaged children in the early years - with Lee Owston HMI Ofsted

23rd March 2017 - Excellence in early learning: The child’s journey from 2 – 6 years - with Di Chilvers

13th May 2017 - Reception - Capture their enthusiasm and go with it! - with Anna Ephgrave

15th June 2017 - An Outside Journey:Creating inspiring outdoor experiences on a shoestring - with Charlotte Statham and Mhairi Walker

27th September 2017 - Talk for Maths Mastery: Maintaining the momentum of children's learning in continuous provision (Nursery – Year One) - with Amy Parker and Katie Hulme

22nd November 2017 - Striking the right balance: transforming practice in an Early Years setting - with Sarah Watson

For more information of our 2018 programme, please see Microsoft Office document icon EE South Yorkshire Branch Programme 2018.doc.

18th January 2018 - Room for Love? the importance of warm, loving relationships in a Reception class context - Sally Pearse

22nd March 2018 - Getting ready to write: developing the physical skills and motivation for writing - with Sarah Gordon

22nd May 2018 - Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope - Film screening and discussion - with Fiona Holiday 

30th June 2018 - Noticing and Celebrating Children’s Learning: Why it’s essential to early years practice from birth to five - with Dr. Julian Grenier

19th September 2018 - Reclaiming the EYFS Curriculum - with Di Chilvers, Nathan Archer and Sally Pearse

13th October 2018 - Helicopter Stories: Letting imagination Fly - with Trisha Lee

26th November 2018 - Musical Interaction- a child centred approach to developing rapport, relationship and social learning - with Matthew Laurie

7th February 2019 - ‘Time to Talk’ - with Zoe Singh

21st March 2019 - Reclaiming the EYFS – Clearing the Fog! - with Helen Moylett

22nd May 2019 - The Unique Child – Observing children’s development - with Di Chilvers

2nd July 2019 - Back in time for the future of the EYFS – the Curriculum! - with Helen Moylett - Helen's slides from the session are now available to download.

South Yorkshire Branch Team

Chair: Sally Pearse
Vice Chair: Michelle Shaw
Secretary: David Yates
Treasurer: Pat Stringfellow 

Past events

14 Mar 2020

POSTPONED Learning with Purpose in the Early Years - OFSTED as the sole arbiter of quality - Curriculum making with children

Speaker(s): Dr Elizabeth Wood; Dr Liz Chesworth

13 Feb 2020

Young Children Investigating Key Materials on an Everyday Basis – Open and focused exploration

Speaker(s): Dr Kathy Ring

02 Dec 2019

Getting it right in the Early Years Foundation Stage: A review of the evidence

Speaker(s): Professor Chris Pascal and Professor Tony Bertram

21 Nov 2019

Time to Talk

Speaker(s): Zoe Singh

28 Sep 2019

"Thanks for the Memory": Understanding the development of memory in young children and its role in learning – and in life

Speaker(s): Anne O'Connor